Asperger's syndrome

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What is Asperger's syndrome?

Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder characterized by a greater or lesser degree of impairment in language and communication skills, as well as repetitive or restrictive patterns of thought and behavior. It is often associated with marked clumsiness.

Common symptoms reported by people with Asperger's syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Asperger's syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) Asperger's syndrome (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (1)
2 more

Data from patients with Asperger's syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Asperger's syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (3) Asperger's syndrome (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
slurred speech stiffness in jaw 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) tiredness increased
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (1)
2 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with Asperger's syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Asperger's syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 1 new patients joined this month
  • 322 say Asperger's syndrome is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 43
20s 139
30s 128
40s 126
50s 96
60s 54
70+ 15
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 257
20-29 years 19
30-39 years 7
40-49 years 3
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 232
Female 371

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 313
Not Diagnosed 98

These charts show data from Asperger's syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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